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DIY of the Week – Jar of Love Notes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tis the season of love, and as such, how can we not take part! This week’s DIY is all about putting thought and effort into making your significant other feel special and loved. And the best part about it? It’s especially perfect for those of who forgot that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and need to put together a romantic gift on the fly! Why? Because you can keep jotting notes all throughout the day, and just decorate a mason jar once home and you’re done! So let’s get started

 

What You Need:

1. Mason Jar

2. Strips of paper (colored paper works best, but plain is fine too)

3. A few colored pens

4. Paint and paintbrush, or sharpies, to decorate the mason jar

5. Ribbon

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you don’t have paper strips, cut regular size A4 paper into strips (If you have a paper slicer, this will be really quick work).

Image source - Ahem, it's Emme

Image source – Ahem, it’s Emme

 

Step 2

Jot down a different reason why you love your partner on each strip. Do as many of these as you possibly can. And no reason is too small or silly. Remember, this is about the two of you. Everything from they way their hair smells after a shampoo, to their bad off-tune singing, to how they watch your favourite sport with you (even though they hate it), counts!

Image source - Paper and Landscapes

Image source – Paper and Landscapes

 

Step 3

Fold the paper strips into little chits. And remember, try to make as many as you can! Even the smallest of reasons, and silliest of reasons, is a reason.

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Image source – About What Blog

 

Step 4

Decorate the mason jar. You can paint it over with designs, or keep it plain with a label reading “Reasons Why I Love You”. Finish off with a ribbon along the neck, pop in all the chits of reasons, and close it off.

Image source - Etsy

Image source – Etsy

 

While this is simple to assemble, the thought you put into each of those notes is what will be the real gift, and a truly thoughtful one. Don’t be surprised if you get a few happy tears in response! (We’ll agree to blame it on onions).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY of the Week – Paint Your Own Diyas

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali from all of us at NSPA!!

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Image Source – Beauty Tips

For this week’s DIY of the project, we’re going to be hand-painting our diyas to jazz and glam them up, right in time for tonight’s festivities. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

What you need:

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Image Source – BaazKart

1. Diyas (plain ones are fine, but get self design ones if you want to go the extra mile)

2. Paintbrushes (1 thick one for painting the base, 1 thin one for designing)

3. Paints (pearl color shades will really pop as they have a metallic shine to them)

4. Gem stickers (optional)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you’ve bought the diyas, put them in a clean bucket and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help dislodge any dirt or loose clay, ensuring a smooth paint job.

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Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 2

Lay them out over an old newspaper to dry. You’ll get quick results by putting them in direct sunlight, but if that’s not an option, put them under the fan at full speed. If you’re really short on time, you can always use a hairdryer.

 

Step 3

Pick a color for the base, and paint the entire bottom section of the diya, leaving it upside down to dry. Repeat for all diyas.

 

Step 4

Now paint the front portions of the diya. If there is no design, you can paint them in plain colors, with maybe a contrasting color for the rims, or even create your own designs, like in the picture below.

Image Source - YouTube

Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 5

This step is optional, but if you want to add some extra pizzazz to your diya, you can use colored gem stickers and stick them in a few spots coordinating with the design of the diya. This will give a bit of additional sparkle to your final design.

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Image Source – Shop – Home Marrow

 

Happy Diwali everyone!!

DIY of the Week – Gift Bags

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The ‘Holiday Season’ is here and upon us in all its glory. Yes, with Garba in full swing, and Ravan knocking at our doors (only to be vanquished, poor lad), it is officially the season of lights, sweets, and yes, of course, gifts. And with family members, and friends, and co-workers to hunt up little knick-knacks for, wouldn’t be nice if you could find a pretty, but cheap way to jazz up your delivery of said gift? Well, don’t worry, over the next few weeks, we’ll help you out with some cool gift wrapping and presenting ideas that will be straight from the heart.

This week, we’re looking to make these pretty and vibrant gift bags. And the best part? You can make these in various sizes and colors, and well in advance (you can even start now), and just stick in the gift once you buy it, instead of painstakingly wrapping each individual item last minute. So let’s begin!

 

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Image Source – Gift Ideas

 

What you need:

1. Wrapping paper (we suggest using actual the paper sheets, not only are they sturdier than the plastic wrap ones, they’re also more eco-friendly)

2. Scissors

3. Tape or glue

4. Hole puncher

5. Ribbon or Jute string

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay the decided size of paper design side down. Now fold in one side towards the center, and the fold the other side with a little overlapping on the first fold. Tape to hold in place as in the photo.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 2

Now fold over the bottom section. This is the part we will convert into our bag’s base.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 3

Separating the edges of the folded over bottom edge from the center, fold in the sides as shown in the photo below.

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Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 4

Now take the protruding sections one at a time, and fold the first down towards the center line, folding the other one up, slightly overlaying it to strengthen grip. Tape along the joint.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 5

Open out the bag, and now fold inwards lightly the side sections (you might have seen these folds in all paper bags). These will help your bag maintain shape.

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Image Source – City Kitty

 

Step 6

Take the hole puncher and punch two equidistant holes for your handles in each of the wider top sections of your bag. Cut two lengths of ribbon or string to make your handles. Knot the end of one ribbon or string, pull it outwards from one hole and back into the other of the same side, knotting from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

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Image Source – The Penny Hoarder

 

And there you go! Your handmade gift bag is all ready!

 

Pro Tip:

You can make super kitschy looking bags by being creative with your choice of paper. You can use handmade or textured paper, your very own handmade marbled paper (remember how we learned how to here), jazz up plain paper with paints, washi tape, or bows, and even use the comic section of newspapers (looks real good too). It’s all up to your imagination!

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Image Source – yourstruly.com

 

Happy gifting!

DIY of the Week – Glass Jar Snow Globes

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Another week brings with it another chance to change things up, smile some more, meet more people, and create some more. Well, we’re here to help you out with that last one, though honestly speaking, you might just get a few smiles out of this week’s DIY too.  Especially if you were into snow globes as a kid. Oh no! Did we just give away the plot? Oh well, since you already know now, we might as well cop to it – this week we’re making snow globes! And the best part is that you aren’t going to be stuck with a snowman as your center show piece. You can pick and choose what you want to showcase in your globe. So let’s get this party started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1.  A medium-sized glass or mason jar
  2. Gold paint (or whatever color you want your globe’s base to be)
  3. Glitter, preferably medium sized (finer glitter might now shine and catch the eye as much)
  4. A figurine or plastic mini-tree (or whatever plastic toy/piece takes your fancy) as long as it’s not taller than 3/4ths of the jar
  5. Industrial grade glue
  6. Glycerin (or uncolored, clear glue if you want the glitter to settle much more slowly)
  7. Distilled water
Image source - GoodsHomeDesign

Image source – GoodsHomeDesign

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Remove the lid from the clean and dry jar, and paint the outside and rim of it in the color of your preference. Leave to dry completely.

 

Step 2

Take the industrial glue and place a dot (or sufficient amount) in the center of the inside of the lid, and gently press on and hold your chosen figurine/center piece. Remember, there are no right or wrong choices, just go with whatever your aesthetic is, even if it’s a couple of Lego figurines. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Image source - MollyMoo

Image source – MollyMoo

 

Step 3

Now, take the glass jar and put about a teaspoon or teaspoon and half (depending on the size of the jar) of glitter in it. Add about 5 drops of glycerin (or four times that if you’re using the clear glue instead). Top this up with the distilled water.

 

Step 4

Take the lid and slowly inserting the center piece in (upside down of course), screw the lid on tightly and firmly. Insert a rubber ring, or put some glue on the inside of the lid, before screwing it on, to ensure that it remains nice and tight, and sealed. Otherwise, it might start leaking after the first few shakes. Leave to dry for 24 hours (make sure you don’t invert it until it dries).

Image source - My Kid Craft

Image source – My Kid Craft

 

Step 5

Ta-da! Just turn it upside down and shake, and your very own, completely personalized snow globe is ready!

Image source - p-ject.com

Image source – p-ject.com

 

 

You can use these at home, at the office, and they even make great handmade gifts for friends and family. So go ahead, shake shake!

Gifts from the Heart

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

No matter who you are, or where you are, you definitely have people in your life. Whether it’s family or friends, colleagues or classmates, people play an essential role in your day-to-day living. And with people, of course, come the celebrations.

The more people you have in your life, the more celebrations that you will take part in. Just think about it – for every association you make with another person, that person brings with him or herself a birthday, maybe a wedding anniversary, or even just a friendversary (as Facebook likes to call them) with you. And of course with celebrations, come the gifts. Because let’s admit it, what’s a celebration without a gift?

Now this is great when you’re at the receiving end of this little scenario, but what about all the 364 days when it’s not your birthday, and probably someone else’s? What should you get for you Mom? Or your cubicle buddy at work? Or your gym trainer? What about your significant other?

Here’s a list of ideas for options that aren’t the typical off-to-the-gift-store-to-buy-a-generic-card type. And if you see a trend of make-it-yourself options, that’s because they really are the best options. Not only are they cheaper than buying a random but expensive knick knack from a store, they also make sure that your gift stands out from the rest.

 

1. A card

No, no. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief here. We DO NOT mean go and buy one from a store. We’re talking about making one. You know, like you used to do in school? (But hopefully a bit prettier). Get some handmade paper with a flair of character, dig out those old watercolors (or craft paper and glue, if drawing or painting isn’t your thing), and get going. Make sure to put a nice, personal message inside, and there you have it.

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2. A handmade gift

Since we’re already on the point of hand making things, this is one to note. Depending on your level of artistry as well as how much of time you are willing to commit, you can make something easy and less time consuming, or something intricate and delicate. It’s entirely up to you. And with easy access to interest and millions of sites and blogs dedicated to do-it-yourself projects and hand made gifts and crafts, the ideas and options are endless. Find something that resonates with the interests of the person you are making the gift for (something music related for a musician or music aficionado, jewelry for your sister or girlfriend,

Image source - Etsy

Image source – Etsy

 

3. A playlist

We know, this one sounds weird, but trust us, it’s a wonderful way to show someone how you think of them. Create a playlist of songs that remind you of that particular person. Seriously, think how jazzed you would feel if someone did this for you? It’s sweet, and completely personal, and the best thing is, if you’re not the crafty type you needn’t worry. There’s no getting your hands dirty with this one!

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4. Coupons

Hilarious though it seems, we’re not talking about coupons from a newspaper, or those you find online for shopping. We’re talking about making your own coupons for a loved one. You could have one offering to make a meal, one for a date or shopping trip, maybe another for taking on a house chore for a week. Use your imagination, and create a set of these that suit your relation, and you have an easy, personalized gift ready that gives them something truly valuable – your time.

Image source - Elle's Studio

Image source – Elle’s Studio

 

 

So you see, it’s not that hard to personalize a gift. And the best thing, you can pretty much guarantee that the person you’re giving the gift will truly treasure it. After all, who doesn’t want to get a gift that is completely unlike anything else in the world!